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Topic: Costa Rica Decaf!! (20 msgs / 526 lines)
1) From: Lynne Biziewski
Well, I decided that I better start substituting some decaf for my daily
coffee - a recent visit to the doctors revealed that my blood pressure is
through the roof, so to speak. All I have is the Costa Rica decaf - although
I liked it in the beginning, I ended up hating it. Gave it another try -
roasted a batch the other day - very careful with the roast, just in case
the problem was my roasting ability (or lack of, on some days ; > } )
Tom's description says that at FC it loses some of the brightness, and since
I prefer coffees that aren't too bright (like me, first thing in the
morning), I aimed for that.
Well, it was a success! I also started using a French Press (thank you Linda
Reese!!), since the stove in my new apt. has a range of settings that seem
to be either so low that my Moka pot won't brew even with a half hr on the
stove (I always preheat my water, too), or downright boiling! After the
frustration of the impossible task of brewing a decent Moka pot, I put my
little beloved Moka pot away in the cabinet (sniff...).
After a few days of Cowboy Coffee, I decided to get brave & take out the
French Press (I say brave, because 'glass' and 'Lynne' is not a normally
safe mix. But I found a secure spot on the counter, away from all possible
danger (I hope), and hopefully this will last. (The last thing I broke was a
ceramic bowl last week, and one of my dogs ATE a piece of it - fortunately,
he's alive & well, but I am being VERY careful about anything that falls to
the floor these days!)
So I now can say that, yes, I love this decaf. Smooth, and delicious - no
one would ever guess that it's a decaf, too.
Lynne

2) From: Eddie Dove
Lynne,
If you have not already, get some of the Sidamo Decaf.  I really enjoyed it!
I have roasted the Panamaria and Guatemala San Marcos for others and they
really liked it.
Your dog sounds like mine ... will eat anything it THINKS is food.
Eddie
-- 
Errare humanun est - sed perseverare diabolicum
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3) From: Sheila Quinn
Definitely - the Ethiopian Sidamo Decaf just plain ROCKS!!! Amazing coffee!
Sheila
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4) From: Lynne Biziewski
Yes, yes - I love the Sidamo Decaf. It's unbelievable. But this time, this
Costa Rican was incredible (I only hope I can duplicate this roasting
again!)
Lynne
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5) From: David Morgenlender
Yesterday I roasted some Costa Rican La Magnolia SWP Decaf.  I got a 1/2 =
lb.  in
a sampler quite awhile back, but hadn't tried it.  Is this what you're =
having?
I haven't tried mine yet.
Yesterday, I did have some Ethiopia Harar Decaf.  It's AMAZING coffee ...=
 it
would be even if not a decaf!  If Tom offers this again, I'm going to buy=
 many
lbs.!  Unfortunately, I have less than 1/2 lb. remaining.
I also like the African Highlands WP Decaf.
Dave
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6) From: French Lewis
Hi Lynne,
For a non-bright decaf, try the Java decaf that Tom is
selling.    A great coffee and, like the Costa Rica,
no one believes it is decaf.
French
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7) From: Eddie Dove
Java Decaf?
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8) From: Sandra Andina
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The Costa Rica Magnolia Decaf is wonderful, but so are the Nicaragua  
Matagalpa and (my old standby) Guatemalan Huehuetenango. None of my  
friends can believe they're decaf!
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The Costa Rica Magnolia Decaf is =
wonderful, but so are the Nicaragua Matagalpa and (my old standby) =
Guatemalan Huehuetenango. None of my friends can believe they're =
decaf!
On Feb 11, 2007, at 11:33 AM, French Lewis =
wrote:
Hi Lynne, For a = non-bright decaf, try the Java decaf that Tom isselling.    = A great coffee and, like the Costa Rica,no one believes it is decaf. --- Lynne Biziewski <lynnebiz> = wrote: = Well, I decided that I = better start substitutingsome decaf = for my dailycoffee - a recent visit to the = doctors revealed thatmy blood pressure = isthrough the roof, so to speak. All I have is = theCosta Rica decaf - = althoughI liked it in the beginning, I = ended up hating it.Gave it another try = -roasted a batch the other day - very careful = withthe roast, just in = casethe problem was my roasting = ability (or lack of, onsome days ; = > } ) Tom's description says that at FC it loses some = ofthe brightness, and sinceI prefer coffees that aren't too bright (like = me,first thing in themorning), I aimed for that. Well, it = was a success! I also started using aFrench = Press (thank you LindaReese!!), since the stove = in my new apt. has a rangeof settings = that seemto be either so low that my Moka = pot won't brew evenwith a half hr on = thestove (I always preheat my = water, too), or downrightboiling! = After thefrustration of the impossible = task of brewing adecent Moka pot, I put = mylittle beloved Moka pot away in the = cabinet(sniff...). After a = few days of Cowboy Coffee, I decided to getbrave = & take out theFrench Press (I say brave, = because 'glass' and'Lynne' is not a = normallysafe mix. But I found a secure = spot on the counter,away from all = possibledanger (I hope), and hopefully = this will last. (Thelast thing I broke was = aceramic bowl last week, and one of my dogs ATE = apiece of it - fortunately,he's alive & well, but I am being VERY careful = aboutanything that falls tothe floor these days!) So I now can = say that, yes, I love this decaf.Smooth, and = delicious - noone would ever guess that it's a = decaf, too. Lynne Need Mail bonding?Go to the Yahoo! Mail Q&A for great tips from = Yahoo! Answers users.http://=answers.yahoo.com/dir/?link=list&sid=396546091homeroast mailing listhttp://li=sts.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroastTo change your personal list settings (digest = options, vacations, unsvbscribes) go to http://=sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings = Sandra = Andinawww.sandyandina.com

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9) From: Laura Micucci
I've only tried on decaf so far and that was the African Highlands Decaf.
The first roast I killed!  Yuk! But after getting some advise here I tried
again and it's wonderful.  I roasted some of the Ethiopia Sidamo yesterday
and I will give that a try later.  Hopefully I did well...
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10) From: Lynne Biziewski
Yes, that's it. Now that I'm enjoying it, I realized that I previously
ruined a few batches. It is a bit brighter than I usually enjoy, but very,
very good, esp. in the French Press.. I haven't had the Harar Decaf - but
the Sidamo is delish!
Lynne
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11) From: Lynne Biziewski
I am the same - I was so careful this time, especially since I hadn't
roasted a decaf in a bit. But right after, I managed to ruin a batch of
Misty! (ouch!!) I am so ashamed to admit - I actually left it ON the stove,
unattended - ever so briefly, but enough to ruin it. That's something I
never did, but when I have concerns fogging my mind, who knows what I'll do!
(Long as I don't set the house on fire - or drop any more bowls that one of
my dogs might eat, I guess all will be fine)
Lynne
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12) From: Lynne Biziewski
Say those names three times, fast... love the sounds (esp. Huehuetenango!)
Sad to say, SM's doesn't have any either right now. But there are so many
more to try!
I also tried the Mexican Chiapas decaf, which was good (my roasting skills
were very new at that point), but so far the Sidamo is my favorite.
As soon as I can afford it, I'll put in a Harvey order of decafs, I think.
Lynne
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13) From: Sheila Quinn
My top two decafs are the Ethiopia Sidamo and African Highlands. The 
Kimodo Blend is fantastic, too. I'm still amazed at how much I enjoy 
decaf now. Who'd have thought it could actually taste so good?!!
Sheila
Lynne Biziewski wrote:
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14) From: Larry English
Don't give up on the Chiapas, and try the Oaxaca as well.  Those decafs are
consistently excellent, not too bright but not at all dull, and have a wide
range of roast levels. Generally, all the Centrals can make very fine
decafs, but the Mexicans are very consistent.
Larry
On 2/11/07, Lynne Biziewski  wrote:
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15) From: Floyd Lozano
I heard that decaf coffee might be linked to an increase in cholesterol (bad
kind) but it turns out if you are fat like me then it's not a bad thing, as
it raised HDL2 in that case!http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier035336On 2/12/07, Larry English  wrote:
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16) From: Lynne Biziewski
Hey, then it's to my benefit! (I knew there was another advantage to the
extra padding around me besides cushioning a fall...)
Lynne
On 2/12/07, Floyd Lozano  wrote:
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17) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
We just received the Oaxaca decaf and I think this is a really nice 
lot. Remember this too: you want to keep a smaller stash of decaf 
because it does age sooner ... it just doesn't have the shelf life of 
non-decafs. I would try to rotate through your decafs within 6 
months, or less. Notice that I keep the decafs very fresh on our end, 
arrival dates usually within 3-4 months of the current date (the 
Panama is our oldest, but I checked the cup and it is holding well 
... and we are basically out of it anyway). Even a good decaf can 
turn on you: I was cupping some historical samples which included a 
Tanzania decaf we stocked that was excellent. Now, horrible! And that 
would be 1 year old from arrival date, a time when most regular 
coffees could be showing traces of age, but not seriously horrible 
cup character.
Tom
PS: as a footnote, when folks are disappointed because we run out of 
a particular lot, this might be considered our form of "tough love". 
basically; it would NOT be in your best interest for me to buy larger 
amounts of a particular lots, especially decaf, and stock it for more 
months here at the warehouse. The coffee might be fine when you first 
get it, then 2 months later it would be awful. That wouldn't be right.
Don't give up on the Chiapas, and try the Oaxaca as well.  Those 
decafs are consistently excellent, not too bright but not at all 
dull, and have a wide range of roast levels. Generally, all the 
Centrals can make very fine decafs, but the Mexicans are very 
consistent.
Larry
On 2/11/07, Lynne Biziewski 
<lynnebiz> wrote:
Say those names three times, fast... love the sounds (esp. 
Huehuetenango!) Sad to say, SM's doesn't have any either right now. 
But there are so many more to try!
I also tried the Mexican Chiapas decaf, which was good (my roasting 
skills were very new at that point), but so far the Sidamo is my 
favorite. 
As soon as I can afford it, I'll put in a Harvey order of decafs, I think.
Lynne
On 2/11/07, Sandra Andina < 
sandraandina> wrote:
The Costa Rica Magnolia Decaf is wonderful, but so are the Nicaragua 
Matagalpa and (my old standby) Guatemalan Huehuetenango. None of my 
friends can believe they're decaf!
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                   "Great coffee comes from tiny roasters"
            Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting  -  Tom & Maria
                      http://www.sweetmarias.com                Thompson Owen george_at_sweetmarias.com
     Sweet Maria's Coffee - 1115 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - USA
             phone/fax: 888 876 5917 - tom_at_sweetmarias.com

18) From: Dave
On 2/11/07, Larry English  wrote:
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My favorite coffee so far (about 6 weeks experience) is the Chiapas decaf.
I've never bothered drinking decaf before. But between the increase in my
coffee quality, and having given up alcohol recently I need to drink
something.
-- 
Dave
Some days...
It's just not worth chewing through the leather straps

19) From: Floyd Lozano
Well that tough love bit me in the ass, it seems you just got the Columbia
CoE #12 El Descanso and it's sold out! =(
On 2/12/07, Dave  wrote:
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20) From: Michael Guterman
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I drink mostly decaf these days.  I take a medication that is sort of 
speedy, and the caffeine really affects me.
Eight years with no alcohol for me.  Coffee is the new Scotch.
Good luck.
Michael
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